Enzo Rossi (Wales): Consensus, Compromise, Justice and Legitimacy. Giulia Sissa (UCLA): Democracy: A Persian Invention? Frank S. Robinson wonders. Simon Labrecque (Victoria): Aesthetics of Coherence in Politological Thought: Engaging Impredicativity. From The Ethics Forum, a special issue on The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality by Ayelet Shachar, including Duncan Ivison (Sydney): Transcending National Citizenship or Taming It?; Victor M. Muniz-Fraticelli (Mcgill): What Justice Entails; Speranta Dumitru (CNRS): Migration and Equality: Should Citizenship Levy Be a Tax or a Fine?; and a response by Shachar. Roger Morgan reviews On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present by Alan Ryan (and more). From The Humanist, is freedom a mistaken idea? Tony Mckenna reviews Liberty and Property: A Social History of Western Political Thought from Renaissance to Enlightenment by Ellen Meiksins Wood. Robert Talisse interviews Jamie Kelly, author of Framing Democracy: A Behavioral Approach to Democratic Theory. Conor Gearty reviews On Global Justice by Mathias Risse. Roslyn Weiss on her book Philosophers in the Republic: Plato's Two Paradigms.

Julia M. Puaschunder (Harvard): Ethical and Socially Responsible Investment. Barbara P. Billauer (IWP): Le Corbusier, the Occult and How Art Deco Began. The books that inspired Lee Badgett: “Robert Heilbroner’s book convinced me that the roots of inequality and of efforts toward change were to be found in economics as much as politics”. From Metropolis, Laurie Olin and Avinash Rajagopal on the trouble with Washington: The noted landscape architect dissects how clumsy, ill-considered security measures have impacted our nation’s once majestic capital; and International Style: Thomas de Monchaux on the rise and fall (and perhaps, rise again) of U.S. embassy architecture. From The Chronicle, who's afraid of black sexuality? Scholars are starting to break taboos to study intimacy, homosexuality, incest, porn, and other delicate matters; and black dandies fashion new academic identities: Three professors talk about why they wear what they wear. How did the GOP become so unreasonable on the issue? Here's a hint — Grover Norquist had nothing to do with it. Could a carbon tax help solve Washington’s revenue problems?

From Religions, Klaus von Stosch (Paderborn): Comparative Theology as Liberal and Confessional Theology; Jacques Scheuer (Louvain): Comparative Theology and Religious Studies in a Non-religious Environment; and Reinhold Bernhardt (Basel): Comparative Theology: Between Theology and Religious Studies. Thomas M. Dicken (RMC): Graffiti Theology: Criteria and an Agenda. Carl Raschke on his book The Revolution in Religious Theory: Toward a Semiotics of the Event (and more). Is God Irish?: Roger McCann maps the limits of theology. Steve Fuller reviews The God Problem: Expressing Faith and Being Reasonable by Robert Wuthnow. Can philosophy of religion be an acceptable form of proselytism/apologetics? Wesley Hill reviews Christ the Stranger: The Theology of Rowan Williams by Benjamin Myers. Biblical foundations and the thread of history: Current trends that have existed in biblical scholarship for quite some time reveal a distinct blindness about the essence of Sacred Scripture. Peter Versteeg reviews Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy by James K.A. Smith. An imperfect God: The "perfect" God that philosophers have tried and failed to establish is nowhere to be found — not even in the Bible.

Annie Dell’Aria (CUNY): Negotiating Utopia and Dystopia: Space and Architecture in Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009). Eric Schniter, Timothy W. Shields, and John W. Dickhaut (Chapman): Ageism and Cooperation. Misreading Leo Strauss: Robert Howse on a misbegotten charge of Nazi sympathies. This collaborative chapter reflects five contributors’ (Bee Chen Goh, Habib Chamoun-Nicolas, Ellen E. Deason, H. Jay Folberg, and Sukhsimranjit Singh) respective cultural backgrounds and how each uses his or her own cultural yardstick to define “the other” — in a common setting, a Chinese market in Beijing. The introduction to The Democratic Foundations of Policy Diffusion by Katerina Linos. Alison Peck reviews Meat: A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlie. Emily Bazelon on the insane defense of the “castle doctrine” gone wild: A tragic killing in Montana proves once again that these laws do more to encourage violence than to prevent it. The Government Printing Office releases its quadrennial “United States Policy and Supporting Positions” directory, colloquially known as the “Plum Book”, a guide to the more than 8,000 federal civil service leadership and support positions available in the executive and legislative branches.

Greta Olson (Giessen): Issues in American Punitivity. From Mother Jones, a special report on solitary confinement from former hostage Shane Bauer. From the latest issue of The Jury Expert, a series of articles on false confessions. The execution of Carlos DeLuna: Gabriel O’Malley on preventing wrongful convictions. A gated community: At Angola, a game of golf comes with a spectacular view of Louisiana’s only maximum-security prison. David Wolman on the new economics of crime and punishment. From The Washington Monthly, David Dagan and Steven M. Teles on the Conservative War on Prisons: Right-wing operatives have decided that prisons are a lot like schools — hugely expensive, inefficient, and in need of root-and-branch reform; is this how progress will happen in a hyper-polarized world? A different death penalty: David R. Dow on life without parole. McCleskey's Omission: G. Ben Cohen on the racial geography of retribution. The Innocent Man: On August 13, 1986, Michael Morton came home from work to discover that his wife had been brutally murdered in their bed — his nightmare had only begun (and part 2). Welcome to "Crime," Slate's new crime blog about crime.